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THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

CARVINGS AT WIK KUGU ARTS CENTRE AURUKUN

CARVINGS AT WIK KUGU ARTS CENTRE AURUKUN

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style that comes from the deserts of central Australia and is instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most commercially successful branch of our indigenous arts scene. But it’s not the only style. Indigenous art varies widely in style and choice of medium across the country, but it can be hard for artists to compete with the universally popular dot paintings.

Many visitors are drawn to far north Queensland by indigenous art. We have many indigenous art centres around FNQ, and indigenous art is available in Cairns. For some years our city has put on CIAF – the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, bringing many thousands of visitors and many economic benefits to artists and the region. CIAF was held in a scaled down form this year, and it remains to be seen how viable an event it will be in the future with significantly less State Government funding.

Around our region, indigenous arts centres encourage the cultural and spiritual expression which is central to indigenous art. But in many communities, the practice of art is also a valuable source of income, maybe the only viable way for people to remain in their country and make a living. So it’s crucial that their work can gain wider exposure – as it’s a very long journey to some of those arts centres.

The newly formed Indigenous Art Centre Alliance Inc hopes to address these challenges. It represents 13 arts centres in FNQ, Cape York Peninsula & Torres Strait. It’s members met in Cairns this week to consider the way forward. LISTEN to my interview with manager Pam Bigelow & Treasurer Dev Lengjel here  

AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Aboriginal, arts & culture, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, indigenous, rd on the road, Torres Strait

 

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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP, NEW SOCCEROOS COACH AND THE GOLDEN BARRAMUNDI – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy.

He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it. Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. Phil’s Thoughts on Sports are podcast too – search Phil Staley in your podcast app.

This week: Australia favourites against England in the Rugby League World Cup opener, Ange Postecoglou becomes the Socceroos coach, the Brisbane Lions sort out their board room, and the tale of a very valuable barramundi out at Mount Isa. LISTEN here

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, rd on the road, Sport

 

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WHAT FNQ AND ECUADOR CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER TO LOOK AFTER OUR FROGS

frogABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen has a visitor this week –  a man who’s travelled a long way to get to far north Queensland. He’s come all the way from Ecuador to check out our frogs.

OK – it’s a bit more than checking them out. Andres Merino-Viteri is an Ecuadorian herpetologist studying the physiological thresholds of Microhylid frogs in the wet tropics. There are about 500 species of Microhylids – small frogs found in tropical zones, including here in FNQ.

ANDRES MERINO-VITERI

ANDRES MERINO-VITERI

Andres worked at the Museo de Zoología at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, hoping to find causes of the unexpected disappearance of several species of frogs along the Ecuadorian Andes during the 80s and 90s. Climate change was a key suspect, and some of these species are now possibly extinct. He’s working on his PhD project here, modelling the impacts of climate change on the range of Microhylid frogs and looking for ways to keep the frogs from extinction.

Martin and Andres met in Cairns six years ago – LISTEN to them talking about frogs and threats to frog populations here

Dr Martin Cohen is ABC Far North wildlife correspondent. Hear him on radio Wednesday afternoons at 445 or search for him on your podcast app.2 mart

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in EFFINCUE, environment, rd on the road, wildlife and animals, Wildlife Martin Cohen

 

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THE 33rd TABLELANDS FOLK FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

header23One of the great feats of Australian musical longevity is the Tablelands Folk Festival – which gets underway tonight and runs through the coming weekend at Yungaburra, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, a comfortable drive west of Cairns.

The festival began in 1981 as a celebration of life in the Tablelands region – and was held that year in the historic village of Herberton. It moved to Yungaburra the following year and became the Yungaburra Folk Festival – with the current name adopted in 2010. Its roots are deep in the far north Queensland folk music scene but it has kept with the times and broadened the musical focus over the years. It’s always a great event, kept going by passionate volunteers and music lovers. It draws performers and audiences from all over the world, and owes its success and longevity to its ability to deliver a really strong line-up year in, year out. Intimate venues, and the beauty of the surrounding country add to its charm.

Tony Hillier offers music from some of the visiting acts in this week’s World of Music. LISTEN here

PLAY LIST

Oh Jade from Sydney-based Scot Karl Broadie – his 2013 album A-Side B-Side Seaside

Last Minute Man from Broome legend Stephen Pigram‘s 2013 album Wanderer

Solid RockShane Howard‘s land rights anthem, as recorded on his 2012 album Other Side Of The Rock

Vostochny-Zapednie from The Volatinsky Trio‘s 2009 album Troika

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Atherton Tablelands, EFFINCUE, music, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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WOMEN IN DOCS IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND FOR THE TABLELANDS FOLK FESTIVAL

BPH_Women_in_Docs_2_2013-1180x663When I first arrived at ABC Far North in 2002, our breakfast host then was Jason Hagen – a man with a well-deserved reputation for encouraging emerging musicians. You’d see Jason at gigs around the Cairns area, and you’d hear lots of new music on his radio show. He’d put together a compilation CD which the ABC released – Music From the Far North. And he played me songs by a duo I’ve been hooked on ever since – Women In Docs

Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas got together in the 90s, and while they’re not a far north Queensland band, they have roots here. Roz hails from FNQ, and they played some of their earliest gigs at one of our premier events – the Tablelands Folk Festival, held each October at Yungaburra, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. The 33rd festival gets underway tonight, and continues over the weekend.

docs1I’m pleased to report Women in Docs are on the Tablelands Folk Festival bill this year and I encourage you to check them out. Roz and Chanel were born to sing together. Each has abundant talent as a singer, player and writer. It would be easy to write a lengthy list of the wonderful ingredients that combine to make a Docs show such a treat. But like a good recipe, the secret is not the list – it’s the combination. When these two women perform together, something magical happens – they make songs that take you to places both tangible and emotional, locations best visited with good friends. And you’ll be in good hands with Roz and Chanel – they’re great travelling companions and born entertainers.

Women In Docs have a new album due out early in 2014 – it’s called Carousel.You can listen to the title track and hear my interview with Roz & Chanel here

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Atherton Tablelands, EFFINCUE, music

 

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SCOTLAND’S MUSICAL PHENOMENON SANDI THOM IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND FOR THE 33rd TABLELANDS FOLK FESTIVAL

sandithomJust over six years ago, a song that took hold of radio audiences around the world. Australian listeners couldn’t get enough of it – I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) by Sandi Thom.

The success of that song was one of those “happy accidents” that happen from time to time in the music industry. Here in far north Queensland the song was everywhere, and no sooner would it finish playing than someone would ring and ask when it could next be heard. It was partly just a case of right song right time, but some very clever use of the Internet pushed the song along, prompting some snooty music critics to dismiss Sandi as the latest in a long line of online sensations whose fame would soon subside.

They were wrong. Sandi Thom’s musical career continues – and like so many performers who have early success with one big song, she’s had to work at taking audiences with her, to move past Punk Rocker and sample the work she’s done since. And it’s a diverse, deep, sometimes challenging but ultimately rewarding body of work. She has four original albums and a best-of out there, and has a new CD due for release before the end of the year. There are elements of many musical styles in her work, so she’s not easily labelled. That can confound music industry types, but only serves to make her more interesting to music lovers inclined to go with the flow.

Sandi performs on Friday night at Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands, in the 33rd Tablelands Folk Festival.

You can listen to my interview with Sandi and hear her perform a song from her forthcoming album here https://rdontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/blog-sandi-thom.mp3%20

 

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Atherton Tablelands, EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road

 

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FNQ MUSICIAN LEANNE TENNANT ON MUSIC, MOTHERHOOD, AND MAKING A NEW ALBUM

Dear G-StringOne of the best aspects of presenting a radio program is the opportunity it gives me to put music lovers and musicians together. I get to hear performers at live gigs or on CD, and say to myself “I think our listeners will enjoy this”. So I take a punt on an artist, play them on radio – and there’s nothing quite so rewarding as the moment the phone rings at the station and someone says “I loved that song”.

I’ve had that experience many times since I started at ABC Far North in 2002, and especially when I’ve played the music of FNQ singer songwriter Leanne Tennant. I first heard of Leanne a few years back, around the time she won the Port Douglas Carnivale songwriters competition. Since then, she’s become a mainstay of the Cairns music scene – she’s one of those performers so at home in front of an audience that neither wants the show to end. She’s an engagingly original singer songwriter, with a very good ear for crowd pleasing covers – and she’s earned the respect and admiration of some big names in the music business – Colin Hay, Bill Chambers, Daryl Brathwaite, Jenny Morris, Jimi Hocking of The Screaming Jets, Ray Beadle, and the McMenamins.

LISTEN here to my interview with Leanne from today’s radio show – she talks about being a new mum, making music, preparing to make a new album and her decision to try crowd sourcing to fund its production.

If you’d like to help Leanne reach her financial target to help the new CD visit her page at Pozible

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road

 

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